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Chateau La Gaffeliere 2018

Product description

Having settled in Saint-Emilion in 1705, the Malet Roquefort family of Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort has a history in Bordeaux spanning more than three centuries. A record of vines planted on this land in Gallo-Roman times shows an even more extended history of viticulture and was confirmed in 1969 by Comte Leo de Malet Roquefort, who discovered ruins of the Gallo-Roman Villa du Palat with mosaics depicting vines plantings. Chateau La Gaffeliere, which gained status in 1954 as a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe, is the original estate of the Malet Roquefort family. In 2001, the family united three estates, Chateau La Gaffeliere, Chateau Chapelle d’Alienor, and Chateau Armens, under a single brand: Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort. Later, in 2008 Chateau La Connivence also joined the Domaines.

Today, the Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort estates include: Chateau La Gaffeliere, Chateau Chapelle d’Alienor, Chateau Armens, and Chateau La Connivence. Founded on the four guiding principles of excellence, elegance, authenticity, and independence, the Malet Roqueforts have passed on their traditions, generation after generation, and today Alexandre de Malet Roquefort is at the helm of Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort. Like his ancestors, he shares a passion for wine and for the Saint-Emilion terroir which they call home.

97 Points - Wine Spectator

Features a beautiful beam of cassis, bitter cherry and raspberry fruit streaming through, laced with a chalky minerality and backed by floral and spice accents, all allied to a polished, luxurious feel that doesn't sacrifice definition or drive.

97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2018 La Gaffeliere is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to offer peeks at notions of stewed red and black plums, and mulberries and Morello cherries, plus hints of damp earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, delivering crunchy red and black fruits with an approachable texture of fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long with a lifted perfume. This is a refreshing, beautifully perfumed, skillfully crafted expression of the vintage.Give it 4-5 years in bottle, and then enjoy it over the next 20 years+.